WEST HOLLYWOOD — Mayor Lindsey Horvath went on record last week, saying Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was not welcome to campaign here in the city and wrote a letter to the other 87 mayors in Los Angeles County asking them to do the same.
Horvath made a statement during the March 21 City Council, denouncing Trump and his campaign tactics of inciting hate speech and issuing calls to violence.
“I am compelled to state for the record how deeply disturbed I am by the Trump presidential campaign,” Horvath said in her letter to the other mayors. “It has gone beyond their right to express a political point of view or policy differences, which we all have to greater or lesser degrees.
“The hate speech and implicit calls to violence coming from Trump and his campaign are beyond the pale and have no place in any community in our country,” the letter added.
“Every city in our county has seen its share of violent hatred, and the devastation and destruction it can bring. We know firsthand how charged language can incite dangerous activity that puts our residents and neighborhoods at risk and at great cost to our cities.
“As elected officials, we have an opportunity to lead by example. While we must always make room for free speech and reasonable — even passionate — debate, we cannot allow the kind of violent rhetoric and hate speech that has become commonplace in the Trump campaign. It is wrong at every level,” Horvath’s letter continued.
“Together, we must denounce Trump’s violent rhetoric and let him know his brand of politics has no place in our county.”
Horvath sent a similar letter to Trump’s campaign, citing the city’s status as a home to Jewish immigrants as well as the number of gays and lesbians who live here.
“The people of West Hollywood have seen the devastation and destruction that hatred and hate speech can bring,” that letter said. “We are home to Jewish immigrants who escaped Nazi occupation in Soviet Russia, to LGBTQ people of all ages, including survivors of the AIDS crisis, and to many other diverse constituencies, of which we are most proud.
“With the [presidential] primary making its way to California, as West Hollywood’s mayor, I want to make very clear that your campaign of violence and intimidation is not welcome in our city. I demand that you renounce calls to violence and consider the role you play in shaping public discourse, specifically with the words you choose and the behavior you exhibit and encourage,” the letter to the Trump campaign continued.
“We do not have to agree or like one another, but as Americans and political figures in the public eye, we share a responsibility to lead by example. I take that responsibility very seriously, and I ask that you do the same.”